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“The Arab Winter: A Tragedy”

Share the post "“The Arab Winter: A Tragedy”" A book review of Noah Feldman’s The Arab Winter: A Tragedy (Princeton University Press, 2020). 2011 was the year of the upheaval known as the ‘Arab Spring,’ a time when much of the Arabic-speaking world seemed to have embarked on a path toward democracy—or at least a path away from authoritarian government. The upheaval began in December 2010, when a twenty-six-year-old Tunisian street fruit vendor, Mohamed...

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Ann Heberlein, On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt, translated from Swedish by Alice Menzies (Pushkin Press, 2021)  

Share the post "Ann Heberlein, On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt, translated from Swedish by Alice Menzies (Pushkin Press, 2021)  " Before she became a celebrated New York public intellectual, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) lived through some of the 20th century’s darkest moments. She fled her native Germany after Hitler came to power in 1933, living in France for several years. In 1940, she spent time in two intern camps, then departed for the...

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“On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt”

Share the post "“On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt”" A book review of Ann Heberlein’s On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt. Translated from Swedish by Alice Menzies (Pushkin Press, 2021). Before she became a celebrated New York public intellectual, Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) lived through some of the twentieth century’s darkest moments. She fled her native Germany after Hitler came to power in 1933, living in France for...

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Book Review: Shakespeare in a Divided America (James Shapiro)

Share the post "Book Review: Shakespeare in a Divided America (James Shapiro)" James Shapiro, Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Our Future (Penguin Press, 2020) In June 2017, New York City’s Public Theater staged a production in Central Park of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Oskar Eustis, as part of the series known as Shakespeare in the Park. There was no subtlety in the play’s allusion to contemporary...

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Samuel Moyn’s Humane – Full Forum

Share the post "Samuel Moyn’s Humane – Full Forum" ** Last week, Tocqueville 21 published a book forum consisting of four reviews of Samuel Moyn’s new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War followed by a response from Moyn. We have now compiled the full book forum (with an introduction) as a PDF. ** In the aftermath of the United States military’s chaotic withdrawal after a twenty-year occupation of Afghanistan, few deny that America’s...

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Samuel Moyn Responds

Share the post "Samuel Moyn Responds" ** This response from Samuel Moyn completes the Tocqueville 21 forum on his new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. Four reviews of Humane, by Duncan Bell, Michael Brenes, Emma Mackinnon, and Mel Pavlik, were published earlier this week. ** I am exceptionally grateful to Duncan Bell, Michael Brenes, Emma Mackinnon, and Mel Pavlik for taking their valuable time to read and respond to Humane, and...

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The Horror and the Humanity

Share the post "The Horror and the Humanity" ** This is the fourth in a series of four reviews of Samuel Moyn’s new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. Each day this week one review will be published. On Friday, Moyn will respond. ** When urged by a fellow soldier to draw comfort from ‘ideals’ amidst the chaos and inhumanity of World War II, Joseph Heller’s protagonist Yossarian scoffs. “When I look up,” he retorts, “I see people...

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Duped by Morality

Share the post "Duped by Morality" ** This is the third in a series of four reviews of Samuel Moyn’s new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. Each day this week one review will be published. On Friday, Moyn will respond. ** Samuel Moyn’s Humane offers an indictment of efforts to sanitize or humanize war, tracking how such efforts have ultimately enabled apparently endless and profoundly asymmetrical forms of warfare. Moyn argues that...

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American War from Sherman to McChrystal

Share the post "American War from Sherman to McChrystal" ** This is the second in a series of four reviews of Samuel Moyn’s new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. Each day this week one review will be published. On Friday, Moyn will respond. ** “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it,” stated an anonymous United States Major in February 1968 following the destruction of the Vietnamese city Bến Tre during the Tet...

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Dissolving the Dream of Peace

Share the post "Dissolving the Dream of Peace" ** This is the first in a series of four reviews of Samuel Moyn’s new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. Each day this week one review will be published. On Friday, Moyn will respond. ** To write compellingly about the history of international law for a general audience is no mean feat, but Sam Moyn, describing himself as an old dog having to learn new tricks (383), has pulled it off....

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